Springtime of Hope
Fr. Anthony Brankin Biography

Fr. Anthony Brankin was born on the south side of Chicago and was raised in St. Rita Parish.

After studies at the Archdiocesan seminaries, Quigley, Niles, and Mundelein, Fr. Brankin was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1975. He received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology.

In 1981 he was sent by Cardinal Cody to study art and theology in Rome. He simultaneously attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome (studying both sculpture and painting) as well as the University of St. Thomas Aquinas where he pursued doctoral studies in theology.

Returning to Chicago he was assigned as associate pastor and was also appointed Vice-President of the Catholic Church Extension Society.

In 1989, Fr Brankin was appointed as pastor of St. Thomas More and chaplain for the Chicago Chapter of Legatus International - an organization of Catholic CEOs and their spouses. Fr Brankin was pastor when St. Thomas More parish was named an Indult parish - meaning that the Ancient Latin Mass would be celebrated every Sunday.

Fr. Brankin has written articles for Homiletic and Pastoral Review, The New Oxford Review and The Wanderer, and book reviews for Chicago's Catholic New World. He has spoken before the Serra Club, the Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation, (from whom he received the Freedom Award), the Catholic Citizens of Illinois, and the Catholic Physicians Guild. Fr. Brankin has drawn, painted and sculpted since his youth, and he has received commissions of life-size statues from various monasteries, convents, churches, and civic groups all over the United States, as well as from Rome. They are usually cast in bronze.

It was during a recent sabbatical that he created two large sculptures - the first of which is "Christ of the Apocalypse" - a bronze monument depicting Christ coming in glory at the end of the world. (Book of Revelations: Chap.19: vs. 11.) This piece, which portrays Christ on a horse, will be enlarged to three stories. Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis commissioned the second sculpture, which is a ten-foot by six-foot high relief of St Joseph and the Boy Christ, also cast in bronze.

A third sculpture is a life-size bronze bust of St. Francis de Sales, a 17thCentury French saint who among other things developed a spirituality for lay people.